A record held by former late-night king Johnny Carson, which many observers thought would never be broken when Carson retired in 1992, may soon be eclipsed by the man who wanted to succeed him — David Letterman.
Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants, is close to a deal to keep the host on television until 2014, which would push his tenure past Carson’s 30-year run — a record in late-night — reports Bill Carter in The New York Times.
Letterman had been rumored to be considering retirement this year, but instead has reportedly decided to keep going with “Late Show,” the story notes. Letterman will have been on air for 32 years in late-night if he continues through the end of the new deal, two years longer than Carson’s record run on NBC’s "Tonight" show, the piece points out.
The fate of the CBS show that follows "Late Show with David Letterman" isn’t settled, however. Its host, Craig Ferguson, might not choose to continue, the story notes. If he stays, the issue will likely come down to whether his salary is bumped up, along with the production budget for "Late Late Show," according to the article.